A crowd gathered as tugs pulled the fast ferries Fairweather and Chenega from Ketchikan’s Ward Cove out to a waiting transport ship.
The catamarans — Fairweather and Chenega — were recently sold for about $5 million to a Spanish ferry company and are being shipped via the Panama Canal.
The Fairweather and Chenega were relatively new additions to the Alaska Marine Highway System’s fleet, purchased about 15 years ago for $68 million.
It’s not clear how much the state is now asking for them. The two 235-foot catamarans cost $68 million new.
A Spanish firm offered a pair of bids worth $4.6 million for the Chenega and Fairweather, which the state bought for a combined $68 million.